rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.

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The product is designed as a home device that’s both prop replica and Bluetooth speaker system. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Talking to Master Replicas’ Hal 9000 smart speaker sent chills down my spine," 6 Oct. 2018 Elle notes that the designer will be making 23 replicas of Markle’s reception dress in lily white, and 23 in onyx black., "Now You Can Buy A Replica Of Meghan Markle’s Reception Dress," 14 June 2018 On Christmas of his 13th year, just two months before his diagnosis of bone cancer, Danny Hill’s big present was a replica professional baseball jersey. Phil Anastasia,, "Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle has special bond with Shawnee's Danny Hill," 5 May 2018 Photos and replicas of glasses and writings of Stockbridge native Martin Luther King Sr. have been put on display at the Henry County town’s City Hall. Leon Stafford, ajc, "Stockbridge celebrates Martin Luther King Sr. as world mourns his son," 4 Apr. 2018 From October 26 to January 6, Meghan's dress, veil, and tiara will be on display at Windsor Castle along with a replica of Prince Harry's uniform. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Something Blue on Her Wedding Day Was a Tribute to Her First Date with Prince Harry," 23 Sep. 2018 The Topper The wedding cake was adorned with a six-inch three-dimensional replica of the couple, provided by DOOB 3D. The cake was chocolate with vanilla buttercream and covered in organic rainbow sprinkles. New York Times, "Side by Side and No Finish Line in Sight for Alexi Pappas," 6 July 2018 Hidden behind a laundromat, the Chicago Magic Lounge immerses visitors in a replica of an early 20th-century magic bar, once a staple of the city. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Step inside David Parr's Cabinet of Curiosities," 3 July 2018 And they’ll be mounted with bronze replicas of Maximo or the fighting elephants. Steve Johnson,, "With a skeleton and megaplanters, the Field Museum fleshes out its main hall," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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The first known use of replica was in 1824

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English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something


rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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